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Easter is over. Many processions have been already ruined due to rainy days, typical tourist beach joints have also been affected by awful weather, and for many, this break has been an epic failure. Year after year, it’s always the … Continue reading

THE ’59 SOUND OF LOVE, IN SPRING

The ’59 Sound is one of my favorite albums in the last years, and The Gaslight Anthem one of the bands nowadays I respect most.

As far as I can remember, I told you a bit about this album, when I started this project of blog and diary of my life, and I’m positive I already told you my friend Artemio was the responsible for I had a crush on the New Jersey tattooed boys.

I love this album for many reasons. What attracted me first was simply the music, the rhythm and dynamism of every track, following an order carefully and very conveniently arranged. Brian Fallon’s Telecaster guitars, and Alex Rosamilia‘s outstanding arrangements, bass lines resembling Social Distortion and The Replacements, and that smell of classic Bruce Springsteen, even though I don’t dig much, are very appealing. Then it’s the lyrics. I love the story telling in songs. The Gaslight Anthem tell stories in their songs, same as Drive-By Truckers, which in some cases you feel related to. And these guys, referring to the good ol’ times, enhance the classic American icons: vintage cars, girls, diners, tattoos, broken hearts… I close my eyes and see Rumble Fish gang boys.

I’ve also noticed this band doesn’t leave people indifferent, either you love them or hate them, not radically, yet remarkable.

I’m not writing about this album as the chosen for the week, because whenever I get hooked to it, I can be listening to it incessantly for weeks. Right now I’m passing through one of these Gaslight seasons.

You might think I’m crazy, and I won’t argue at all. Being such a  romantic girl, Spring is my season. Don’t aim to sound desperate, because I’m not, but, with such weather, who doesn’t want to be in love? I know the whole season is still ahead and many things can happen, but friends, it’s gonna be the second official Spring on my own (I could even say this is the third, as the Spring’10  was a nonstop nightmare), and prospects are not very promising, to tell you the truth.

This is the thing, I love Spring, but once I assume I’m to be by myself, I get disturbed by the increasing amount of visible couples sprouting mushrooms like. And would love to kill. Nah! I’m just kidding, this bloodbath feeling has vanished with the passing of years.

Ha! Now you’re wondering what the f**k Spring has to do with The Gaslight Anthem and why I’m telling you all this.

For whatever reason I relate The ’59 Sound to Spring, so to Love consequently. I discovered this album when I was still in love for real, in Spring. Stupid references my mind makes up to get me crazier every day, what can I say.

Last year I had a crush on someone for more time than convenient, whom, due to his old school  appearance (high top sneakers and sailor tattoos) and passion for rock, I easily connected to this album, and to certain songs in particular. I know, I know, I know…  the fact that he was a friend didn’t help to work things out. Wrooong! Never mix friendship with intimate affairs, it seldom works, plus you take things for granted, especially regarding behavior, which can easily turn against you. Yep, he’s still my friend, but something has changed. No arguments, no big fuzz, just disenchantment. Guess I thought of a friend who could understand me, could occupy the vacant in my heart, but I didn’t think of my scars still present, still healing. And why not? Forgive me if I sound pretentious, I deserve better, and if that’s not possible, prefer nothing.

This silly crush arose in Winter, to die in the middle of Spring, and the soundtrack for all these contradictory feelings was The ’59 Sound. Fortunately I’m convinced that music is the most loyal comrade, thus one year after this episode which, believe me, didn’t hurt nor impact too much, taking it more as an anecdote, I’m recovering these bunch of songs, which evoke me stories at the drive-ins, with boys in leather jackets, and pin up looking girls, and I dream of a guy taking me to a Ferris Wheel , and telling me that If I never let him go, well he will never let me down… And I sigh!

And can’t wait till the end of Spring (ha!) for the upcoming new album of this band, to be named Handwritten, already cooked and currently in the oven for production. Never enough of The Gaslight Anthem.

CLOUD CITY

Spring is finally here and weather instability right after it.
 
As commented on previous occasions, Spring is my favorite season (I love Fall almost the same), however, I usually turn into an unsteady and bipolar person, same as weather, totally unpredictable.
 
Don’t want to talk about my state of mind, really, it’s just that I’ve been passing through kind of nostalgic time. Don’t misunderstand me, it doesn’t have to do with someone already out of my life. No. Period! But I miss affection and sharing moments with somebody in the mood for standing me. Some day…I’m not really in a hurry.
 
On the other hand, I don’t have any person to distract me from observing my surroundings. I’ve always loved observing typical Spring tiny details unnoticed by many people. For instance, I choose a tree and observe it on daily basis to see leaves sprouting. I’ve done this since I was at school, and this moment always happened on weekends, it was amazing.
 
Spring thunderstorms amaze me. I remember once I was taking care of a child, I had to pick her up at the school bus stop, and many days all of a sudden atmosphere changed as if it was the end of the world and started pouring catching me in the middle of the street, ending up soaked to the bones. Depending on the moment, the rain in Spring is cool though.
 
These weather swings are a bit chaos to organize, what should I carry? Sunglasses or an umbrella? At the end of the day you have to carry both, hahaha!
 
Weather prediction in Barcelona says it’s going to be sunny, but these days clouds are moving really fast forming thick cumulus, creating amazing shapes and views. On Tuesday, at work, I couldn’t keep one eye away from the window, checking them constantly and witnessing the beautiful appearance of the sky.

Here you are a couple of shots, guess more to come, I’ll stay alert.

SPRING IS KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR

Although I become quite lunatic when Spring arrives, I really enjoy this season.
 
No matter how much unstable weather is like, the allergies, and that tiredness that usually affects me so much due to natural changes in my sleep patterns (this year this won’t be a problem, I don’t have patters at all and sleep quite few)…all these negative points are immediately compensated by temperature rising, longer days, and moreover, seems that there are more gorgeous people on the streets, especially here in Barcelona.
 
Let’s take into consideration I’m a girl, therefore the typical comment referring to women showing “meat” as soon as weather gets better doesn’t apply to my excitement for the season. However it’s true, Barcelona is packed with foreign people on vacation and, actually that’s a shit, but my sore eyes get some sort of relieve when attractive male guiris pass by, speaking mostly English, so relaxed and uninhibited in their movements…uhmmm!
 
Spring is called the loving season, right? I don’t believe in that crap, once again, all these typical established statements regarding this status are ridiculous and stuck back in our grandparents’ era…It’s true this season helps people looking more attractive, so let’s say, combination of nice weather, early sun tanning and bipolar attitudes, helps to increase appetite for sex (oh yes! I miss banging on a regular basis 😦   ). People go and stay out home much more, that’s the reason for seeing affection on many corners, that’s all.
 
Aesthetics in this season is appealing to me. Although I don’t consider myself a good photographer, gotta say I’m paying attention to more features related, light is one of them. I reckon in Spring is amazing, and walks loaded with my reflex camera on Sunday morning are usually very successful and prolific. Last year, when I went to Japan, I was recommended to buy  filters for the glasses, and it really worked, skies even bluer, edges and shapes more defined, more lively tones.


 
Amazing the passing of time, in barely 3 weeks it will be one year since I visited the land of the rising sun, and life has changed a lot, A LOT. Wish I can see the cherry blossom in a couple of years, it’d be a blast. Japan is one of the most beautiful countries in Spring, not that I say so, but seems like everybody agrees on that.
 
Anyway, although there are still these irregular days, Spring is almost here, and can’t wait to see it, surely it’s gonna be a good one, and want to encourage you to take the streets, parks, beaches or mountain and enjoy the most beautiful days in the year and approach and enjoy your time, something we don’t realize it’s priceless.